The last round of the group matches of the Fifa World Cup 2014 will be played on Thursday. The top two teams from each of the eight groups will advance to the knockout stages. 13 teams have already booked their seats in the last 16. Here's taking a look at how the various groups currently stand:
The Germany-Ghana draw on Saturday has thrown the group wide open.
Germany is in the strongest position and should advance reagrdless of their result against the US on Thursday.
The US would move forward with a tie or a win against Germany. In case of a loss, they will then be rooting for a Ghana win in the Ghana-Portugal encounter.
Ghana needs to win and hope that the US loses against Germany, in which case the two would end up in a tie-breaker. Ghana is currently much better placed to win a tie-breaker with the US or even Portugal.
Portugal are in dicey waters. Not only do they need a win against Ghana, they will also have to hope that the Germany-US game doesn't end in a draw.
Algeria could join Costa Rica as the most unexpected teams to advance to the Round of 16, if they can manage a win or draw against Russia. Russia will advance if Algeria fail.
Belgium would end as table toppers in either case.
For South Korea to advance, it would need to defeat Belgium and hope that Russia doesn't lose at the hands of Algeria. In that case, South Korea and Russia will be heading into a tie-breaker.
Qualified: Brazil, Mexico
Eliminated: Cameroon, Croatia
Qualified: Netherlands, Chile
Elminated: Spain, Australia
Qualified: Colombia, Greece
Eliminated: Ivory Coast, Japan
Qualified: Costa Rica, Uruguay
Eliminated: England, Italy
Qualified: France, Switzerland
Eliminated: Ecuador, Honduras
Qualified: Argentina, Nigeria
Eliminated: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran
According to FIFA regulations, the ranking of teams in each group is based, in this order, on:
- Points in all group matches, with three points awarded for a win, one point for a draw and none for a loss.
- Goal difference in all group matches.
- Goals scored in all group matches.
- Points in matches between tied teams.
- Goal difference in matches between tied teams.
- Goals scored in matches between tied teams.
- Drawing of lots.